My only expectations going into this series was that it was essentially a retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I was seeking something that would give me A Court of Thorns and Roses vibes.
The review might contain mild spoilers.
You have to make someone fall in love with you to break the curse.
Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall was cursed by a powerful enchantress and the only way to save his kingdom and himself is if someone were to fall for him. But that would have been possible if he didn’t turn into a vicious beast who sought destruction and tore apart everything that stood in its way.
Harper’s life was never easy – with her father gone, her mother dying and her brother constantly benching her because of her disability, Harper had to learn how to be strong enough to survive. Getting pulled into a magical world completely turned her life around.
At first, she doesn’t know what to believe but as she spends more time in Emberfall, she starts to realize how high the stakes are.
What I liked about the book: I enjoyed that the book stuck to the story that I am very familiar with from the Disney film, there were all the elements – the curse, the girl that is meant to save them, the beast, all that. Harper and Grey are my favorites from this world. Grey has his moments where you might second-guess your choices, but overall between the two of them (Rhen and Grey), I’m definitely team Grey. I also particularly enjoyed how Harper is written – she gives the book disability representation, is resilient and does what she thinks is best to help despite the personal cost. I am curious as to what will happen with her in the final book (a review of book 2 is coming soon) but I look forward to her character development.
What I didn’t like about the book: I found it very difficult to get through the book, mainly because a lot of this first book is focused on Rhen and I really couldn’t stand him.
Overall, it’s a good book, especially for an introduction to a new world. The characters are fleshed out well and we have interesting conflict and character development as well as plot twists, and the ending of the book is really well written.
A quote: “She’s not the type to swoon for pretty lies.”
My rating: 3/5 stars.
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